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Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected--A Memoir [Hardcover]

Kelle Hampton
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March 26 2012

“In her tender and genuinely beautiful memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us to not simply accept the unexpected circumstances of our lives, but to embrace them like the things we wished for all along.”
—Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy

Bloom is an inspiring and heartfelt memoir that celebrates the beauty found in the unexpected, the strength of a mother’s love, and, ultimately, the amazing power of perspective. The author of the popular blog Enjoying the Small Things—named The Bump’s Best Special Needs Blog and The Blog You’ve Learned the Most From in the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards—Kelle Hampton interweaves lyrical prose and stunning four-color photography as she recounts the unforgettable story of the first year in the life of her daughter Nella, who has Down syndrome. Poignant, eye-opening, and heart-soaring, Hampton’s Bloom is ultimately about embracing life and really living it.


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“Bloom is one of the most emotionally stirring books I’ve ever read…. This story is a reminder that perfect, when it comes to human beings, is such a relative (and irrelevant) term…and that a mother’s love for her child is a powerful, eternal, unshakable force.” (Ree Drummond, New York Times bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks)

“Kelle Hampton…reminds us that life may not always look pretty or perfect, but it is always beautiful…. She has indeed made of her life something ‘wild and precious’ and her book, like her two beautiful girls, is a bundle of joy. I finished it reluctantly and with a full heart.” (Claire Fontaine, national bestselling author of Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back)

“In her tender and genuinely beautiful memoir, Kelle Hampton encourages us to not simply accept the unexpected circumstances of our lives, but to embrace them like the things we wished for all along.” (Matthew Logelin, New York Times bestselling author of Two Kisses for Maddy)

“A constitutionally positive person…Hampton makes a convincing argument that grief and disappointment can be transformed into compassion and joy.” (People (3 stars))

#11 New York Times Bestseller (New York Times)

A USA Today Bestseller (USA Today)

“Bloom is not only about a particular young mother working through the place of hurt …it is about all of us…. [A] powerful meditation on loss, perspective, challenge and opportunity. Give it to anyone you know who is hurting.” (Fort Myers Florida Weekly)

“In Bloom, a searing and brave portrait of her baby’s first year, Hampton opens up about her fears…jubilation, and…‘the throbbing pain of losing what I had expected.’ Filled with personal photos from the delivery room through Nella’s first birthday, Bloom gives…new meaning to the term ‘open book.’” (BookPage)

Winner of 2012 Mom’s Choice Silver Award, Biographies & Memoirs (Mom's Choice Awards)

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Love me. Love me. I'm not what you expected, but oh, please love me.

That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the beginning of my story.

From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl.

But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome—a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle's fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift.

With lyrical prose and gorgeous full-color photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life—a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky."


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2.0 out of 5 stars If you've read the blog... Oct. 14 2012
Format:Hardcover
If you've read the blog, then you've pretty much read the book. The pictures are beautiful, but for some unidentifiable reason the text makes you dislike the author more and more each passing page. An icky-sweetness leaves a feeling of the author not being genuine to herself or the reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book! May 22 2012
By smyke
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautifully written and amazing pictures...a book any parent can relate to and a good reminder to 'enjoy the small things'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful April 25 2012
By Lady Di
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found Kelly's blog about a year ago and fell in love with her and her little family. So as soon as her book was on pre order, I ordered it. It took me three nights to finish her book and it's truly inspirational! She is brutally honest and writes about her journey to accepting the unexpected. Kelly is an incredible writer! Love her book, I'd give it ten stars if I could.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Time Aug. 15 2012
By Embria
Format:Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book and expected so much more from it.
The book was dull and boring. Even with such an interesting obstacle, I felt like nothing happened.
The author was whinny, self-pitying and annoying. She had the perfect life - a pretty blonde daughter; a handsome, older, wealthy husband; wonderful friends and now - a "less than perfect baby".
I feel as though, despite her age, the author lacked life experience and insights. She was immature er writing is okay but the story is very dull. It is not inspiring nor was it enjoyable.
I really, really wanted to hear the author's plans for parenting her newborn child who had down syndrome - her hopes and dreams for her. I wanted to learn more about her daughter and less, much less about the author.
I would not recommend this novel to anyone and I wish I hadn't read There are better memoirs out there. I promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is so much more than the blog. May 13 2012
Format:Hardcover
If you read Kelle's blog, you might not think you need to read the stories of Nella's birth and first year again. Oh, but you do. This book goes into more detail, it is more heart wrenching and you cheer harder for Kelle when turns the corner on her grief. I can't even read the back of the book without bursting into tears. A beautiful book in every way - the story, the photographs, the message.
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